Apparently, the “in” thing is to have a website, not just a blog, but an actual website. Do I have one? No, not yet. It’s not that I don’t want to have a website. I do. I might even be able to come up with something to put on this website. However, I’m a little tech-challenged and have run into a few bumps that have scared me into procrastination.
Since I’m not yet published, I don’t feel I have to rush out and put up a website. After all, I do have a blog. However, I thought it might be a good idea to reserve the name I’d like by registering it as a domain name and worry about finding a web host later. Yeah, like that’s so easy. It’s not just a matter of paying the registration fee and waiting a year to renew it. There’s so much more involved. Certain places register the name under their own and then “lend” it to you. The problem with that is if you decide you don’t want to go with that company as a host for your website, they may not allow you to transfer that name. Nice, eh?
I’ve also read that you should get a post office box and a fake phone number because some web hosts give out that info and you become bombarded with spam and telemarketing calls.
So, I’m reaching out to you. What can you tell me about registering a domain name and web hosting? Did you design your own site? What program did you use? If you hired someone, who is it and are you happy with them? Is there anything you can think of that I should know before I register my domain name?